Now to any normal person, driving 15+ hours from bright warm Phoenix, Arizona to snowy, cold Denver, Colorado just to see a band named moe. would be crazy. But we're moe.rons. And we're more than happy to do it. When I heard the opening note of Water, I knew I was in for a good show. I was right. The Recreational Chemistry to open and close the second set with Yodelittle, George, Blue Jeans and Pizza, and Captain America in between made the trip worth while by itself. Not to mention the Faker encore which left me with a undeniable satisfaction that was cleary displayed by the ear to ear smile on my face as we walked out of the Fillmore Auditorium. Once again, Thank You Moe. for giving me an emotional high that lasted well out of the Fillmore and Colorado, all the way back to Phoenix. You continue to get better and better. Keep it up guys!
April 12, 2005 Subject:
another great one from JM
first off - as always - thank you jon for yet another outstanding recording. your name has become synonymous with "quality recordings". much appreciated...you are a master.
this show is pretty bad-ass. for me, the setlist is as good as they come. great energy. great song placement. GREAT segues (check out road>head, and the capt america>rec chem...with a some very clever george/mcbain teses worked in). and of course, great recording. i don't know how cool it was making comments about how "dirty" denver is, but whatever. they're still total rockers. they can rag on my mother for all i care...so long as they keep playing like they did on this night. i've only listened to it once, but i can't wait to give it another listen and really get inside this show.
Reviewer:the Peach -
April 10, 2005 Subject:
I didn't see this show, but it definitely measures up to the following night's show which was filmed in Hi-def. This recording sounds great and the performance is intense and relentless. Must hear this one!
April 7, 2005 Subject:
Keep it Up!
They pick it up where they left off! I have to say the mix is quite good for this venue. Every tape that I've heard from the Fillmore in Denver has a little bit tubby bass, combine that with Rob's sound and you get what we have here. Other than that... hooray for having the guitars, keys, and various vibrating ****phones, out in front to provide the melodic journey that moe. more than ample rhythm framework provides the backbone for. Too much in the past have I heard a rave party with the kick drum being the only thing that could be heard over the soup. Mr. Merrin is always consistent in his efforts but he's in the right spot for this one, everything is right there where it should be.
For the show, WOW what a start. The transition between Water and Meat is fantastic, the drums continual tribal rollover gently spreading space so that we can glimpse at what lies beyond. The band plays as a single entity and the jams intense moments are followed by equally moving subtlety and contemplation. It's worth the download for just this part. Bullet has the sound of a well performed classic with the band firing on all cylinders. The new tunes see their share of hesitation, misqueues, and flubbed notes but I love the direction and the possibility. I love the lyrical journey of "The Road" and "Blue Jeans and Pizza" has the most unique jazz possibilities of the recently debuted pieces, I'm looking forward to see how this develops. The Chemistry->Yodelittle is also a must here. The jams this night seem very focused, less is the meandering that I've heard on some of their longer jams, the place isn't pre-chosen but they seem to be communicating well on the moment that they would like to create. All in all a fantastic way to kick off this leg of the tour!!
As for hoping for a stealth tape of the 2nd...
C'mon they ask you not to tape for one night. Be a Fan!! Keep your curiosity peaked and your drool flowing over the idea of a High Resolution audio and video journey of the experience to come!
April 6, 2005 Subject:
Overall good sound quality, good setlist. I attended this night and the following (Apr. 2), and was glad to see a good recording of this first night available.
My only gripe about the show, both while attending and after, was the rather noisy, constant sound of people chatting with each other during the music. There's nothing more annoying than listening to someone next to you trying to carry on a cell phone conversation. Particularly noticeable in the quieter parts of the songs, such as the beginning of Bullet on disc 2. For the most part though, the band drowns out the chattering masses.
April 5, 2005 Subject:
merin is the man
Must say Merin, everytime I look to see who got the show up in early, it's you. Thanks so much. Even went to download a Rusted Root show from philly and saw your were the taper. you are relentless. thanks for being you!
Thanks Mr. Merin for uploading this show. It was my first moe. show and I was dying to hear if it was as great as I thought it was. (It is :)
I was front and center at the Fillmore (a 3,000 cap. venue modeled after the original S.F. Fillmore) this night expecting more of moe.'s sillier songs since it was April Fool's day. Instead we were treated to a bitchin' Water opener into meat to kick off a night of serious musical prowess.
This show, more than others I had downloaded previously, seemed to showcase the band's ability to mix pop, rock, shredder metal, and hippy jamming into one chunky stew. The show is heavy on the spacey jams, which, as a Deadhead, I appreciate, but also features that amazing guitar work. It was a pleasure to dance and watch these guys do their thing, often with my mouth agape.
The sound on this download is good for an audience recording. The bass isn't really clear, but it's there and you can hear everything else just fine, including the energetic audience without them overwhelming the recording.
This is a great show worthy of your download time and space. Highly recommended.
P.S. If you haven't heard 10-7-2001 yet, grab that one, too. A compact 2-disc download with a great first set and an otherworldly second set with trumpeter Willy Waldman challenging the band with his sonic flourishes.
April 5, 2005 Subject:
Good show..but not the best of the Weekend
April 2nd ripped more than night one. Much more energy and classic tunes. It sucks no one could tape it. Trust me on this those who didnt hear night 2. This show..night one was very good. I hope someone snuck in a portable dat to catch night two.
April 5, 2005 Subject:
Sick, sick show!
I was at this one and it was a truly sick show. I have to disagree somewhat with the "Chuck night" comment as I actually felt that this was a particularly strong "Al night" - he really ripped it up.
Get this show - it is considered to be the best of the 2-night Fillmore run (night 2, April 2, was not taped due to the DVD recording). moe. was extremely loose and they were really enjoying themselves - and it shows.
April 4, 2005 Subject:
This show is insane.
The meat is incredible.
This is definitly Chuck night.
moe. sounds better than ever!!